The Republican Party candidate for Tuesday’s special House election in Georgia, Karen Handel, received a suspicious package at her home. The package was delivered a day after Republican Representative Scalise was shot during baseball practice near Washington D.C.
The Handel campaign office has confirmed that packages were sent both to her home and the homes of her neighbors. The office also said that the package contained a suspicious substance and threatening notes.
A report by the Washington Free Beacon said that the neighborhood where Handel lives has been blocked by the police, and a neighbor also posted a photograph of the letter. The contents called the Republican candidate a “dirty fascist.”
In an official statement, Handel said that after packages and letters were delivered, she will coordinate with law enforcement as necessary. The packages were received just five days before voters are expected to go to the voting booths, where Handel will face Democrat candidate Jon Ossoff. The seat they’re fighting for was formerly held by Tom Price, the Health and Human Services Secretary.
An hour after the Handel campaign office confirmed that the packages had been delivered, a statement from the Ossoff campaign said that threats against the candidate have been increasing over a period of days.
The Democrat candidate urged all candidates in the election to embrace “calm and unity” despite their political differences. The statement said that the Ossoff campaign has reported the many threats they have received to the police, and they have been taking appropriate precautions. It also said that recent events have redoubled his commitment to unity and civility.
The local Fox News station also received a letter, which was explicitly anti-Trump and anti-Handel. The letters contained a suspicious substance, which was tested and found to be baking soda. Mike McClain, from Fox 5, tweeted photographs of the letter and white substance that was sent to the station.
Both the Republican and Democrat candidates in the special election have condemned the shooting that occurred this week, which critically injured Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip. Four other people were shot during the attack in Alexandria, including a member of Scalise’s staff, and two members of Capitol Police who were providing the politicians with security.
A statement on Wednesday, released by Handel, said that the shooting was a “despicable, unprovoked attack.” It was revealed that the shooter has been unhappy with the Republican Party for many years, and had even commented on Handel in previous posts on Facebook. The shooter claimed that Handel wants people to work for the wages of slaves, according to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Handel’s statement went on to say that political differences should never move towards violent attacks, and that the country must refuse to allow politics to be expressed and defined in this way. She also said that it’s important for the American people to unite as a nation under God.
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